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Kyoto Winter Pleasures & Pastimes: Places to go, things to do & traditional winter shopping ideas

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Kachuan Seiho Museum: This museum was the early 20th-century villa of the influential 19th-century painter, Seiho Takeuchi, who painted some of the greatest works of animals and exquisite Japanese scenes of the past 100 years; who painted some of the greatest works of animals and exquisite Japanese scenes of the past 100 years. On Shin-Marutamachi, a little east of Arashiyama. Open 10:00-16:00 (enter by 15:00), closed Mon. Entry: ¥5,000 (including museum, garden, tea service and a superb all-color book of his paintings). Reservations required. Tel: 872-3100. Kyoto Station Building: Whatever its merits as a piece of architecture, Kyoto’s new station building is certainly a fun place to spend time. It has become the edge of Kyoto that most closely resembles the sophisticated multi-story elegance and variety that defines Tokyo. The fun way to go back down is via the giant stairs that run from the 4th to 11th floors, weaving your way through the cuddling couples and va…

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